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Wednesday, July 26, 2023

After the floods of the last few days in the east of Afghanistan, causing dozens of injuries, deaths and missing people, EMERGENCY’s First Aid Posts in the Ghurband and Jalrez districts have received 10 injured patient, and two already dead on arrival. The posts are located in the provinces of Parwan and Maidan Wardak, among the most affected by the floods and in an area not far from Kabul.

In the last four days, several districts in the central-eastern area of the country very close to the capital have been hit by floods and landslides caused by heavy rains. EMERGENCY has received injured people in some of its First Aid Posts and Primary Healthcare Centres, of which it has 41 across the country; EMERGENCY has also made its ambulances available to transfer patients to nearby hospitals.

“At our First Aid Post in Jalrez, the water and mud came within a few metres of us. In the past few days, we immediately sent one of our ambulances to support the population,” explains Marco Puntin, EMERGENCY’s Country Director in Afghanistan. “There have been several deaths and injuries in the area. Here we received six wounded, three of whom were more seriously injured and referred to the provincial hospital of Maidan Wardak, and three more with minor injuries. Yesterday, the road was closed in Ghurband district due to flooding and we received four injured and two dead on arrival at our First Aid Post. We did not make any referrals with our ambulance, but made ourselves available in case of need. The situation is critical in various areas of the country.”

EMERGENCY has been present in Afghanistan since 1999 with two Surgical Centres in Kabul and Lashkar-Gah, a Surgical and Paediatric Centre and a Maternity Centre in Anabah, in the Panjshir Valley, and a network of 41 First Aid Posts and Primary Healthcare Centres. In 2022, EMERGENCY’s hospitals admitted almost 13,000 people. In the same year, more than 51,000 patients were treated in its 41 First Aid Posts across the country.